- Keynote Speaker for 5th Annual Human Trafficking Conference
- Louise Shelley biography
Dr. Louise Shelley is a University Professor at George Mason University. She is
in the School of Public Policy and is the founder and director of the Terrorism,
Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). She is a leading expert on human
trafficking, transnational crime, corruption and terrorism.
Professor Shelley is the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council
on Organized Crime and has served on the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade.
She has spoken at various international fora and at numerous universities both in
the United States and abroad on transnational crime and corruption. Additionally,
she appears on television and radio, including appearances on CNN, NPR’s Marketplace,
PBS, A&E, the History Channel and 60 Minutes.
She has testified before the House Committee on International Relations, the Helsinki
Commission, the House Banking Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
on transnational crime, human trafficking and the links between financial crime,
transnational crime, and terrorism.
She is the author of Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Cambridge 2010) and
is currently under contract for a new book on crime, corruption, and terrorism.
She is the co-editor, with Professor Shiro Okubo, of Human Security, Transnational
Crime and Human Trafficking: Asian and Western Perspectives (Routledge 2011) and,
with Sally Stoecker, Human Traffic and Transnational Crime: Eurasian and American
Perspectives (Rowman & Littlefield 2005). She has previously written Policing Soviet
Society (Routledge, 1996), Lawyers in Soviet Worklife and Crime and Modernization,
as well as numerous articles and book chapters on all aspects of transnational crime
She serves on the boards of Demokratizatsiya: the Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization,
and the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, Global Crime and The International
Annals of Criminology. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the International
Society of Criminology for the years 1999-2004. Her expertise in transnational crime
and corruption includes money laundering and illicit financial flows, human smuggling
and trafficking, and national security issues.
Since 1995, Dr. Shelley has run programs in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia with leading
specialists on the problems of organized crime and corruption. She has also been
the principal investigator of large-scale projects on money laundering from Russia,
Ukraine and Georgia and in the training of law enforcement agencies in the issue
of trafficking in persons.